November's Month of Softies

November’s A Month of Softies gallery is now up!
Thank you again to everyone who participated. There is so much variety! Who would have thought? If for some reason your submission doesn’t appear to be up please email me. I have been a tad disorganised and it may have slipped through and been filed in the wrong email folder or something.

You will also notice that on the Month of Softies page the new theme for December is up. “Holiday Hang-Ups”. I decided that it needed to be a nice loose theme for this month for you to interpret as you like – I assume everyone will be extremely busy with many other projects on the go so as long as the object you create for the Month of Softies project is something that is holiday based and can be hung up (or is about hang-ups) then anything goes. I am thinking about the obvious – a tree ornament… but I am also wondering if I might get time to make a string of little stuffed christmassy birds… but in the end I might just enter Amelia’s christmas stocking if I get that finished in time. My mum is talking about making an elaborate stuffed voodoo pincushion depicting a family sitting around the christmas table looking angry with pins stuck in them (she’s going for the hang-ups idea, I hope she isn’t trying to express some personal holiday hang-up she has that we are all oblivious too).

Anyway, back to the elephants. Here’s my Elephant! Eleanor the roller skating elephant girl:

After making five heads I finally settled on this one. I am proud of her because even though she is a little strange looking, I designed the pattern for every single bit of her… it took me almost all month to make but I finished her up last night at 10.30 — just scraping in.

She looks a little unsure – as you would be if you had to ride on these roller skates:

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36 Responses

  1. says:

    All the elephants are FABULOUS!! What a treat. I am inspired to participate next month. Thanks, loobylu!

  2. Ahhh…I love that you decided to use corduroy in yellow! It’s perfect!

  3. oh they’re all so wonderful and inspiring. Now i’m regretting not participating. I should get started on Holiday Hang ups right now.

  4. i love the your elephant. those inventive skates are just pure genius!!

  5. Claire, what a nice elephant you have made!I so enjoyed looking at all the other wonderful elephants; what a great project you have launched thank you!

  6. hi claire!! your elephant with rollerskates is so great!! and i am so impressed that so many people participated in your month of softies project. someday id like to participate but i have never sewed anything other than clothes!!
    i was wondering if you are still into Blythe?? i just bought 2 blythe dolls and i have been sewing tiny clothes for them…

  7. I love those skates! They look great. (As does the elephant 🙂

  8. I LOVE the big floppy ears. Love them.

  9. OMG that is sooooo cute… can I buy her?? 🙂

  10. says:

    Eleanor is Beautiful! The colors are great!
    The entries in the Month of Softies are just fabulous….I absolutely can’t pick a favorite…they’re all so much fun!

  11. she’s excellent! your style shines through in everything you create. I love her cautious smile and her bloomers. And the rollerskates are dead on!

  12. says:

    How lovely! Your elephant is just dear, right down to her little roller skates. Thanks again for organizing this fun event, I’m totally thinking about “hang ups” now…

  13. says:

    OMG! What on earth were you panicking about, she is so, so perfect! Love the rollerskates and the dress and bloomers, she’s adorable. I love so many of the other elephants as well, the hairy one is a particular favourite though : ) Cant wait to start on the next one.

  14. says:

    congratulations to everyone who made elephants for the month of softies. They are all fabulous

  15. Absolutely amazing how much talent there is in this world of ours, and how the internet works to bring so much of it together. Each and every elephant is priceless in its own way!

  16. Wow, Claire, what a lot of entries, and they are all so good! Really happy to see that the project met with such success.

  17. I love all the submissions! I keep going back and looking at them all. My favourites change all the time. I am so pleased that so many people threw themselves into this with so much enthusiasm… I am looking forward to seeing what comes along this month.

  18. says:

    May I ask what does Holiday Hang-Up mean? English isn’t my native language.. 😛

  19. This is the absolute coolest project, Claire! I’m definitely participating in December! Thanks for putting all this effort into making it happen! 🙂

  20. Remind me of the toys we get at McDonald’s. Good stuff & very pro looking.

  21. i love looking at the entries, too. the variety is amazing, each one is inspiring!!-k

  22. I *heart* your elephant on wheels… What a great color palette! She’d look perfect in my studio. 🙂

  23. says:

    Eleanor is adorable and her roller skates are very cleverly designed.A fabulous group of elephants through and through…very hard to choose a favorite!

  24. That is the most darling elephant I have ever seen. And created with such obvious skill! Nice job!

  25. I thought the best part of this was going to be creating the softie, however, looking at everyone else’s elephants is way more fun! So many wonderful ones! This is by far the best thing I have ever participated in and I can’t wait to get started on this month’s!!

  26. Oh Claire! You’ve outdone yourself. Your elephant is beautiful!

  27. Such a collection of cuties has put a smile on my face all day. I have really enjoyed seeing everyone’s entries and am amazed how different they all are. Thanks Claire for a great idea. I think I might try ebay for the first time and auction mine for charity – does anyone have any tips?

  28. says:

    I just learned I am going to be an aunt, and if it is a girl, I would love to know how much an Eleanor might cost. She is adorable!

  29. Ooooh! She is the most adorable elephant! I bet Amelia likes her.
    ALL the elephants are wonderful. I can’t believe how many elephants are either pink, or are wearing tutus.

    …And i thought i was being original!

  30. And this Jenny loves your little creation, too!!! And ALL the little elephants are too cute for words. I wish they could all be together in one place, wouldn’t that be fun to see? But at least we can see them all together in cyberspace. I admire each and every one, and am impressed with all the work and creativity that went into them. Thanks Claire!

  31. I love Eleanor and I love this idea of community crafting via the web. Brilliant! I will do my BEST to participate in the future. Bravo to YOU, Eleanor and all the other Phunts!

  32. she’s dropdead gorgeous!!

  33. says:

    claire, you rock! your eleanor is sooo cute!

  34. wow Claire I´m so happy being part of this craft project aaaah even I started with the new project ^^ hehe I´m goignt o make some hang-ups as xmas gifts too 😉 hehe.thanks again. I loooove all the elephants and can´t stop looking at them. I love yours very much so big and well accesorized ;).
    congratulations to all who made elephants they´re perfect ^^

  35. says:

    i love her! she’s very dr. suess-ish.

  36. I didn’t even commented yet on your elephant and that really is a shame because she’s absolutely adorable. It’s amazing to see you are able to give everything you draw and even craft your unique and special style. I’m a huge admirer of your illustrational work.